Oxford Africa Conference 2016

2016 Oxford Africa Conference – Challenging Perspectives on African Narratives

Guest Post from Oxford Africa Conference 2016
Oxford University convenes experts to generate new perspectives on Africa’s governance, youth leadership and business landscape
The Oxford University Africa Society announced the final programme today for its 2016 Oxford Africa Conference on May 20th and 21st. Themed “Challenging Narratives: Governance, Youth Leadership, and Business in Africa”, the two-day event held in the University’s iconic buildings will bring together international experts and influencers to exchange insights into contemporary African affairs. These include issues surrounding governance, the role of young innovators and the continent’s business landscape.

As one of the largest and most globally recognised African conferences of its kind, this year’s speakers include Elise Kanza, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum, Lord Michael Hastings CBE, Director of Global Citizenship at KPMG, Temi Abimbola, Senior Advisor at the Africa Development Bank, Mamadou Toure, Founder & Chairman of Africa 2.0 and Robtel Neajai Pailey, Liberian academic, activist and author. The diverse range of speakers will be debating issues including approaches to improving governance frameworks, harnessing the power of Africa’s soaring young population, the requirements for nurturing future leaders and mitigating volatility in Africa’s commodity markets.
Rutendo Chigora, a Master of Public Policy student at the Blavatnik School of Government and co-chair of this year’s conference, said: “As African markets and politics continue to evolve socially and economically, a range of challenges and opportunities in governance, youth leadership, and business are shaping the continent’s development. With this conference we are aiming to activate interdisciplinary dialogue and identify actionable outcomes that can facilitate progress in Africa.”
The conference will also include a gala dinner on May 20th at Oxford Town Hall which will include a key note address from McKinsey & Company global director and managing partner, Safradou “Saf” Yeboah-Amankwah.
A full list of speakers as well as additional information about the Oxford Africa Conference is available at oxfordafricaconference.com. Event tickets are available at here.
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